A former Transportation Security Administration officer was indicted for allegedly allowing luggage filled with marijuana to get through security checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport.

His fee, alleged the U.S. Attorney’s Office in L.A., was $500 per bag.

Feds claimed the bribing took place in 2009 and 2010 as part of a ring that sent 50 kilos of cannabis to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, where weed isn’t nearly as legal as it is in California.

Los Angeles resident Deondre Smith, 33, faces a two-count indictment that charges him with suspicion of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and bribery, federal officials said Friday.

U.S. Attorney’s officials say that defendants in North Carolina were convicted of drug trafficking.

“I expect all federal employees to meet the highest standards of ethical behavior,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Any acceptance of bribes to influence official conduct will not be tolerated. It is particularly serious when the employee knowingly assisted the commission of a serious criminal offense.”

Smith could face up to five years for drug trafficking and 15 for bribery if he’s successfully convicted, feds said.

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